Sedona Hummingbird Enjoying A Gnat Snack

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Real Life: Best Use of filter or special effect -  Dick Greenberg - Photography Contest

 

Hummingbird Enjoying A Gnat Snack!

hummingbird GIF

 

I choose this picture to enter into the contest for special effects. I first published it as a GIF on Autumn equinox. It was a fall day a number of years ago when I saw this. I kept seeing the hummingbird stabbing the air and couldn't figure out what this bird was doing. All of a sudden the sunlight hit the knats and they looked like a cloud! I then realized that the hummingbird was having a gnat snack!  

 

My Special Effect 

I thought it would be easy to make this stand out as a GIF.  We all know that people want to see movement and prefer GIFs and video otherwise they usually just scroll right by!  I used a program called GIFfun. You add the pics and then you process it. Well it took a little time to figure out that every photo had to be the same size to look right. My idea was to add fall color frames to create the movement but I also had to make each frame the exact right size to look OK in the movement. 

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Kathy Streib
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Good job Sheri- I have some GIF apps on my phone and have been having fun playing with them. I'll have to look at the one you used. And, btw- great catch of a hummingbird. 

Oct 14, 2017 06:30 PM #1
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I had no idea that hummingbirds ate anything other than flower nectar, who knew?!  Though I suppose I should have known that it would be hard for an animal, even one that small, could exist soley on sugar...

Oct 14, 2017 06:38 PM #2
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That's very cool, Sheri - the hummingbird, as well as the special GifFUN!

Jeff

Oct 14, 2017 10:54 PM #3
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Gita Bantwal
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Thank you for sharing the photo. I do not know how to use apps for special effects.

Oct 15, 2017 03:12 AM #4
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Thank you very much for sharing your photograph and your tips.

Oct 15, 2017 04:51 AM #5
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Brian England
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I read the title and knew that I had to see this photo!  I am not at all disappointed and I need that hummingbird with me when I am being attacked by the gnats, haha.

Oct 15, 2017 07:12 AM #6
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I love hummingbirds and we occassionally seem them in our backyard.

Oct 15, 2017 07:53 AM #7
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Kathleen Daniels
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Nicely done Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - May I suggest your write a how to post on creating gifs?  I have yet to be at the right place at the right time with my camera to capture a good photo of a hummingbird.

Oct 15, 2017 08:15 AM #8
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386
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Well I had no idea that hummingbirds ate bugs, but it doesn't surprise me as they need a protein source.

Oct 15, 2017 08:33 AM #9
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Kat Palmiotti
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I love this! I had no idea hummingbirds had gnat snacks.

Oct 15, 2017 09:45 AM #10
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Belinda Spillman
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You did a great job of capturing this guy.  Hummingbirds can be so difficult to capture in a photo.

Oct 15, 2017 09:56 AM #11
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Sheri - nicely done on multiple levels.  Plus i learned some new tips too.  

Oct 15, 2017 01:25 PM #12
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Shari, thank you for sharing that Hummingbird photo and your photo techniques.

Oct 15, 2017 02:02 PM #13
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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I often do animation slide shows with my photos, and they are saved in .gif format.  There is a small price to be paid when doing so, because .gif format doesn't present our photos in the clearest manner.  However, I also think the effect is worth that small price paid.

Oct 15, 2017 06:58 PM #14
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Dick Greenberg
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Hi Sheri - Great job making that GIF. I've been meaning to fool around with GIFs but haven't had the time yet - your photo is great encouragement. Thanks for another contest entry!

Oct 16, 2017 11:58 AM #15
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Sharon Tara
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That is really cool. I've never tried making a GIF. I've bookmarked. Thank you!

Oct 16, 2017 01:13 PM #16
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Elva Branson-Lee
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Ah, the things we can learn if we are adventurous enough to try them out. Nice job.

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Sheri somebody has been having fun creating a gif! Very cool!!

Oct 18, 2017 02:49 PM #18
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Now that app is pretty amazing! I love it!

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